Blue-winged Pitta takes a bath, then preen

Video grab.

The sighting of this Blue-winged Pitta (Pitta moluccensis) bathing at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve was actually a “surprise sighting” as the photographers were there to document the Ruddy Kingfisher (Halcyon coromanda).

Because of the hot spell, it was a refreshing bath for the pitta. It dipped into the shallow water wetting its breast feathers and at the same time flapping its with wings vigorously. After the refreshing bath it flew to a dry patch to preen before flying off.

The Blue-winged Pitta is an uncommon winter visitor and passage migrant. It breeds in South China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand and the Malay Peninsula. During October to April isolated birds can be seen in various parts of Singapore. Quite often these birds ended up injured or even dead when they collide with glass window in residential areas HERE and HERE.

Being colourful and not commonly sighted, pitta watching attracts plentiful of photographers LINK.

Kumchun Chan
21st March 2019

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